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Kimono Tutorial - Part 1 by Kurokami-Kanzashi Kimono Tutorial - Part 1 by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Yay! I'm finally getting some work done on this tutorial! Parts 2 and 3 are almost ready too. They just have some minor details that need to be added.

Hit the download button to see the tutorial at it's full size!

Part 1 - Measurements
Part 2 - Choosing fabric [link]
Part 3 - Kimono pieces [link]
Part 4 - Sewing the sleeves (coming soon)
Part 5 - Sewing the body and attaching the sleeves (coming soon)
Part 6 - Attaching the collar and finishing (coming soon)

Oh! And one more thing! I just found this neat website for figuring out your kimono size. Under the waist measurement put in the part of your body that is widest (hips, bust or waist) to get better results: [link]

Still, it might be best to take some measurements for your arms and such just to be safe since everyone's proportions are different.
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Sailormoonprincess Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what would be considered the waist?
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
A waist measurement is not required. Generally, the widest part of a person's body is used to create the overall width of the garment. This happens to be the hips on a great deal of women. If that is not the case for you, just substitute the widest part of your body (bust, waist or hips) for the hip measurement in the pattern above.
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bibanan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Also, have you thought of joining ImmortalGeisha.com? Its a very friendly website with tons of people who make kimono and help each other out!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Thanks for the suggestion. I've been a member of IG for about 5 years now. My user name is GoldenPhoenix there.
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bibanan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
>:O Good Good! ^__^
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KiKiKoy Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Thank you !!! ^_^
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kittyears92 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for putting this on here!! it cleared up a few questions I had... I just wish it was a bit bigger
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
No problem. Just hit the download button to view the image at its largest size.
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YamiLess Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is super useful :D
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ArturiaCos Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
You're awesome for making this tut. Thanks, I was looking for something like this :D :+fav:
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mcrvampire55 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
would this work to create a kimono for a Barbie?
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PatrycjaMarciniak Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Looks very nice, but will there be a whole tutorial available? :)
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dash-of-balder Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful tutorial! I'll definitely be trying it out (albeit on a much smaller scale) sometime in the future. Many thanks!
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ManaMiyahara Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice ty for making was lookin' for it :D
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Craftn00b Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
My friends and I want to make some kimonos so this will definatly come in handy!! Thanks for making one!
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IchigoOtaku Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Student Writer
I don't know if I'll ever use this but just in case I've fave it. This is so cool!!
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shatterskye Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Have you ever messed with Karinui? Are kimono really that difficult to make?
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Heh heh, have I ever messed with karinui? This is my current karinui queue: [link] And all of these were karinui when I first got them: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]

Personally, I don't feel that kimono are particularly difficult to sew, they're just time consuming and keeping the seams nice and flat requires some care. Lined kimono are also, of course, more difficult to sew than unlined kimono. It mostly just depends on the order in which you sew things together, though. Also, if you're making something that has a lot of patterns matching across the seams, that takes a little bit of work.
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rainbowangst101 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very useful. Thankyou so much for posting these [including the future ones]! <3
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:iconkurokami-kanzashi:
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
Thank you very much! I'm glad I could be of help!
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chiyoxitachi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
I know what I'm doing with my summer holidays this year ^-^
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Beyoncefanny Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
I'm keeping my eye on this :)
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Thanks!
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okami-san Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
Woohoo!! I'm really excited about this! I've been thinking I want to make my own kimono (one that's not from the crappy Simplicity pattern), but I've been put off by the fear of messing it up and wasting good fabric. I'm looking forward to the rest!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Thanks! I hope I can get the rest done soon, I'm just calculating the measurements for all the pieces in the next part of the tutorial.
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SuperBunny-GO Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Gee! Can't wait for the rest!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Thanks! The other parts are coming - I just need to sit down and work on them. *is lazy*
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shadowgeisha Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008   General Artist
Great tutorial:)
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Thanks! Hopefully I can get the rest up soon!
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Kori-Jin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Yes! It's finally here! Yay! :+fav:!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Thanks! Now if only I can get off my but and post more of it! XD
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Kori-Jin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
XDDD
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Arleen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have a question concerning amounts of fabric needed.

It is ver unlikely, that here in Poland, I can buy a japanese piece of fabirc, so I'll have to use western fabric.
How should I calculate the amount needed?

I wouldn't want to wake up with too little material.
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Well, western bolts can be nice because they're much wider, so the amount of fabric you buy isn't as long as a Japanese bolt. Take the measurement for the length of the kimono you want to make, multiply it by two. That will be enough fabric to make the kimono body and probably even the front extension panels (if the bolt is wide enough) Then it's up to you how much fabric you want for the sleeves. So for an unlined kimono, I find that 5 meters is enough for me to work from. For a lined kimono you want twice as much.
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Arleen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So about 5 meters :) Thanks, that helps a lot, I won't wake up ith too little material and a half-sewed kimono :D

You're the greatest!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Glad to be of help!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh! very cool - is it going to be a more realistic kimono pattern (i.e. the sleeves open in the back XP) because that would be so awesome! I can't wait to see it all done, cuz all I can really have the patience for is a fakie one :D
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Thanks! Yep! It's going to be a tutorial for making a fully lined kimono.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are brave, but I can't wait to see it all~ I'm so afraid of trying a full, even remotely realistic one XP
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Well, I've really mostly made fully lined kimono in the past. The only unlined one I've done was my Africa kimono.
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dazednotconfused Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Now if I can ever find time to sew...
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
LOL!
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yourTOESareMISSING Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Student General Artist
WOOO.

i'm so excited! :giggle:
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
YAY!

*dances around*
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pekingin-ankka Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
WOW awesome!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Thanks!
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akuma2636 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
YAY! I can wait to get the whole tutorial and attempt to make my first kimono! I tried to make a yukata last year but I had problems with the collar and stuff like that, it ended up looking decent... Except for the top half :P... So I hope this will come out a little better :D!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Well, I'll try to make things as easy to understand as I can. It's proving rather difficult to explain how a lined kimono is done.
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akuma2636 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah well all you can do is try your best and hope people can follow your instruction :D!
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LiebestodBlut Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
great tutoral!
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